Your gas taxes are going up July 1. The Georgia gas tax hike is thanks to Gov. Nathan Deal, who pushed for the $800 million tax hike, and Georgia Republicans who control a supermajority in both chambers of the General Assembly and voted with the governor.
The “no-tax” Republicans have spiked Georgia’s gas tax by about 7 cents per gallon in the first year, with fixed tax hikes tied to inflation.
But that’s not all. To raise the nearly $1 billion annual tax bill, Gov. Deal and his band of Republican tax hikers are increasing the hotel bed tax, too.
Georgia hotels will now pay an additional $5 per night, per room. And that $5 per night hotel bed tax hurts Georgians with average and lower incomes more than the wealthiest Georgians.
But perhaps the most absurd part of the gas tax hike is the fact that Gov. Deal pushed for an $800 million per year tax hike for all of us but hasn’t even tried to collect the $74 million in back taxes from the out-of-state corporation that bought his junkyard and pays him $10,000 per month.
While investing in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure is critical to future growth, a few things make this gas tax hike a bad deal.
- Most Georgia Republicans took “no tax” pledges and then raised taxes by $800 million per year.
- The way this transportation tax is structured hurts middle class and working Georgians most. The governor’s tax plan shifts a greater burden of road maintenance to those who can least afford it.
- The transportation plan leaves out public transit funding, which should be a key part of any transportation plan.
- Gov. Deal should ask the company that pays him $10,000 per month in rent to pay all of its $74 million tax bill before raising taxes on middle class Georgians